360 Environmental
  10th August 2009  

360 Newsletter

Very quiet at the moment with the politicians all seemingly on holiday, watching the glowing embers of the Ashes or trying to work out who is in charge. 

360 News

Nothing reported in the last week relating to legislation.

Other news

Thieves target aluminium road signs
England household recycling rate hits almost 37%
ERP and Recolight team up to provide flu tube/battery collection service
WRAP offer £2.3m grant support for food and plastic recycling companies in W Mids
EA prevents ship leaving UK for scrapping

Consultations

No new consultations in the last week

Other current consultations

PRN Prices

We have a page on the website showing Quarterly prices and general price history for PRNs. In the newsletter, we will therefore just give any price swings that have occurred over the past week.
These should be taken as a guide only as prices may vary due to volume purchased, month of purchase etc. But they will not be far out. Figures shown are £/tonne.
Prices so far continue to seem little affected by Q2 data although it is likely trading volumes are low, given the time of year.

Material

Currentprice £/t

Change on last week
Paper 3-5 -1
Glass 22-26 0
Aluminium 60-70 -5
Steel 80-90 0
Plastic 15-19 -1
Wood 4-6 0
Net recycling 3-6 -1
Net recovery 3-5 0

Events

15-17 September - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition - NEC
24-25 September - International Symposium on Healthcare Waste Management - London
29-20 September - The Carbon Show - Excel London
6-7 October - Scottish Waste and Resources Conference - Glasgow
7-8 October - LARAC conference - Liverpool
20 October - letsrecycle.com Awards Lunch - London
17-18 November - EEE and the Environment - Sheraton Heathrow

Prosecutions - previous weeks listed on website

New since last week

£1k fine for not having Waste Carriers License- 5 Aug
Birmingham skip hire company and Director prosecuted for illegal waste operation - 3Aug

Humour

Two Cows Economics

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have 2 cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
PURE DEMOCRACY You have 2 cows. Your neighbours decide who gets the milk.
REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY You have 2 cows. Your neighbours pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
ZIMBABWEAN DEMOCRACY You have 2 cows. The government takes both, shoots you and sends the cows to Zurich.
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY The government promises to give you 2 cows if you vote for them. After the election the President is impeached for speculating in Cow futures. The Press dubs the affair "Cowgate". The cow sues you for breach of contract.
PRIVATE EQUITY ECONOMICS You buy two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
BRITISH DEMOCRACY You have 2 cows. You borrow money to feed them sheep's brains and they go mad. You get a bonus.
GERMAN DEMOCRACY You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
FRENCH DEMOCRACY You have two cows. You blockade the ports because they don't produce enough milk. There is no feed. The cows die.
EU DEMOCRACY You have 2 cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one and milks the other, pouring the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms regarding the missing cows.
JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.
SWISS DEMOCRACY You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.
ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. The public buys your bull.
TOTALITARIANISM You have 2 cows. The government takes both and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned
RUSSIAN CAPITALISM You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka
ITALIAN DEMOCRACY You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

Newspaper clipping

A wildlife trust has ordered bird-watchers to stop using its hides for hanky panky.
Amorous twitchers have reportedly been meeting in the secluded wooden huts for late-night love-making sessions, reports the Daily Mail. Rachel Shaw, of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said she wanted to remind nature lovers that the hides should only be used for watching birds.
She said: "There are certain things going on at nature reserves that shouldn't. One report came from a visitor who overheard certain noises coming from the bird hides in South Lincolnshire."
But Miss Shaw said "inappropriate" behaviour on nature reserves was not limited to intimate activity.
She added: "On top of that, we've had people cycling, horse riding, and even setting the grass on fire. Nature reserves are for quiet enjoyment only. Anything else could possibly disturb or cause harm to the animals that live there."
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has revealed details of its new hide in Boston where guests include members of the Boston Bird Club.